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Amish Friendship Bread + 6 variations


Makes 2 loaves

You don’t have to wait an additional tens days to bake – on the day that you split the starter (Day Ten), you can bake with the remaining batter instead of saving a bag for yourself. If you plan to gift the starter, remember to send the instructions.

Note: Do not refrigerate the starter. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment. If air gets in the bag, let it out. DO NOT use a metal spoon or bowl for mixing as it will interfere with the fermenting process.

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  • 1/4 10 day old starter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-2 boxes Jell-O instant pudding (any flavor)
  • Optional: 1 cup nuts and 1 cup raisins



Step 1

1. Preheat the oven to 325F
2. Grease two large loaf pans
3. In a bowl, mix an additional ½ cup sugar and 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
4. Dust the greased pans with sugar/cinnamon mixture
5. Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining mixture on the top
6. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

To make muffins instead of loaves, reduce baking time to 20-25 min. Fill loaf pans or muffin tins one-half to two-thirds full (if you have an eager new starter, I’d recommend only filling to one-half).

Banana Nut Friendship Bread
2 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed
1-2 boxes Jell-O instant banana-cream pudding
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Butterscotch Friendship Bread
1-2 boxes Jell-o instant butterscotch pudding
1 cup butterscotch baking chips

Double Chocolate Friendship Bread
1-2 boxes Jell-O instant chocolate fudge pudding
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips
Omit cinnamon

Lemon Poppy-Seed Friendship Bread
Replace vanilla extract with lemon extract
1-2 boxes Jell-O instant lemon pudding
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1 tsp lemon zest

Pineapple Macadamia Nut Friendship Bread
Reduce oil to 1/2 cup
8oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp lemon zest
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
2 tbsp shredded coconut - topping

Pistachio Cherry Friendship Bread
1-2 boxes Jell-O instant pistachio pudding
1/2 cup Maraschino cherries, drained and chopped (do not mix in batter but line bottom of prepared pan with cherries before pouring batter)
Omit cinnamon

Pumpkin Cranberry Friendship Bread
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp ginger powder
1 cup dried cranberries, loosely chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Zucchini Amish Friendship Bread
Reduce oil to 1/2 cup
2 cups unpeeled zucchini, shredded squeeze to remove excess liquid
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup pecans, chopped

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